The spectacular phenomenon of the Northern Lights could be visible from the UK on Saturday night, forecasters have claimed.
The news comes amid claims of a ‘solar storm’ that is on course to hit the UK.
The Northern Light show, or the Aurora Borealis as it is sometimes referred, is caused by charged particles from the sun that become trapped in the Earth’s magnetic field. The result is an awe-inspiring dance of colours in the sky, nature’s own emerald green, magenta and turquoise light show.
According to the Met Office, we should all be road tripping up to Scotland for the weekend and pray for cloud breaks.
“A Coronal Mass Ejection has happened and the effects of that are expected to arrive later tomorrow evening,” Bonnie Diamond, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said.
“This type of active geomagnetic storm means that there is the possibility of the aurora borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights.
“Whether or not you will see the Northern Lights depends on where you are and what the weather is like. Scotland is where you’re most likely to see it.
“There’s a couple of showers on the west coast of Scotland on Saturday evening, and with those showers there will be a bit of cloud.
“However, the clearest skies are further east in Aberdeenshire, where there are plenty of clear skies. Further north, you’re pretty likely to see something.”
The Met Office’s Space account tweeted: “CME forecast to arrive late 23rd March following C5 flare from sunspot AR2736. Active-minor geomagnetic storm periods possible with low risk of moderate storms.
“As a result, aurora may be visible in Scotland where cloud breaks. Latest forecast available”
NOAA, an American agency that monitors the atmosphere, said the Northern Lights could be visible as far south as Michigan and Wisconsin in the United States.